Blink by S.A. Jewell

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Ambassador International provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
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Blink by S.A. Jewell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Jason is on top of his world with a family and a profitable career. Mona Foster has successfully climbed the political ladder all the way to the presidency of the United States. But when people all over the globe go missing one day, Jason, President Foster, and a host of others will see more than their personal worlds crumble in Blink, a novel by author S.A. Jewell.

Yes, I’m familiar with the Left Behind series of bestselling books and the four movies they inspired. And, no, I wasn’t looking for a repeat of what I previously read and saw, but I was curious to see how Blink would handle the biblical apocalypse theme.

This novel doesn’t waste time in getting right to its main material, which I can appreciate. The chapters alternate among a variety of characters in several places and separate but related situations, and on the whole, the story kept me interested.

The opening of the novel is fairly solid. However, the book’s overall style feels rather unnatural and melodramatic, both in the characters’ dialogue and the narration. The characters seem more like “character types” that are necessary for the book’s subject than actual people with depth and nuance. The floating point of view is a bit tricky to follow at times, and several of the story’s arguments and explanations are repetitive. Also, a number of scenes rush over or through important events, and more believable characters might have given those “unbelievable” events a more convincing feel.

Still, ChristFic readers interested in end-times stories may enjoy this novel.

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Riven by Jerry B. Jenkins

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
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Riven by Jerry B. Jenkins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Brady is a young man full of potential. But even considering the broken home and underprivileged background he comes from, he proves to be his own worst enemy. And he’ll one day cross paths with Thomas, a chaplain who feels he’s got very little good to show for all of his years of ministry.

Author Jerry B. Jenkins says that Riven is his life’s work, the novel he’s always wanted to write. So I approached this novel all the more seriously.

Although it’s darker and a lot more depressing than my usual reading preference, and I found much of it to be predictable, the story still kept me interested through most of its 500+ pages. I’ll admit I didn’t always find the characters or the plot to be the most convincing, and the way the story rushes over some crucial years is unfortunate. There are also key areas of the story that I couldn’t get with—theologically, politically (though I almost hate to use that word, due to its tendency to minimize critical matters affecting humanity), and just as a reader of fiction.

Nonetheless, I have to applaud the intense and risky route the author takes to get an earnest message across, and the way he does it is ultimately powerful. I do think a reader has to be good with highly evangelistic, Christian material to enjoy this book, so if you have an appreciation for “the greatest story ever told,” this novel may very well hit you where you live.

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